Hi, I’m Jarl Jonas, the new Sr. Program Manager for CourseSites, Blackboard’s online course creation service for individual K-12, Higher Education, and “beyond campus” educators.

Early in my career as a faculty development coordinator and distance learning educator at New York University, I avidly used CourseSites to centrally organize and delivery course material, monitor student performance, and enable frequent communication and collaboration. Eventually, the University caught up and licensed a course management system of it’s own and I no longer needed the service, but I was very grateful such a tool existed to help me get started.

Now that I work with Blackboard, I’m working with a team to update and refresh the CourseSites service. Very soon, you will be able to engage today’s learners and your peers, anytime and anywhere, with the most current active and social learning tools. But first, we want to hear from you!

If you have ever used CourseSites — whether you simply signed up for the free trial and never moved forward or you have actually enrolled students and supported your course(s)– please take 2 minutes to complete a brief survey to tell us more about your experience. Additionally, I would like to gauge your interest in helping us improve CourseSites by becoming a part of the CourseSites update project and new user community. To launch and complete the survey, please click the link below, or copy and paste the URL into a web browser.


I look forward to receiving your feedback and hearing about ways in which we can continue to support your teaching and learning endeavors.  You may also reach me at jarl.jonas@blackboard.com should you have any questions.

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  • http://www.the-homeschoolhaven.net/index.html Pam Eason

    I love CourseSites. I retired from a huge school district that used Blackboard Academic Suite. Having my own “course” for the students that I tutor has been wonderful. The yearly price is reasonable but I would like a little more available memory and a few more features. I am hoping that this service will continue as an option for small organizations like my HomeSchool Haven. Thank you for providing this service!